Saturday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day (hashtag #WAD2012), a time for re-upping your vigilance and awareness levels about HIV/AIDS. The global AIDS crisis is not over until an AIDS-free society is achieved, and unfortunately, we’re not there yet. That’s why the US theme for World AIDS Day 2012 is “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
More than 30 years after the first reports of AIDS in the United States, approximately 50,000 Americans are still contracting HIV – the virus that can lead to AIDS – each year. In addition, nearly 1 in 5 individuals living with HIV is unaware of his or her infection. That’s why we can’t become complacent about HIV prevention and treatment.
Join PatientsLikeMe partner AIDS.gov in “Facing AIDS.” What can you do to help? Start by reminding everyone you know that they can locate a local HIV testing site by texting their zip code to “KNOWIT” (566948) or using the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Provider Locator. You can also set an example in your peer group by going and getting tested yourself.
Living with HIV? Connect with the 3,000+ members of PatientsLikeMe’s HIV Community for information, support and advice. If you know your HIV type (e.g., HIV-1: Group M: Type B), you can now search for those with the same type as you and learn from their experiences, including what medications they’ve taken and how they rate each drug’s effectiveness, costs and side effects. From Atripla to Truvada to Norvir, discover how our patients evaluate commonly prescribed HIV treatments and read their battle-tested tips.
The point is that working together can improve care – and increase prevention. Join the millions of Americans working towards an AIDS-free generation today.
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“CDC estimates that 55 percent of adults – and 28 percent of adults with a risk factor for HIV – have not been tested. Too many people living with HIV are being tested and diagnosed too late to take advantage of effective HIV treatment and prevention options.”
– Dr. Kevin A. Fenton, Director,
CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention
Today is National HIV Testing Day, now in its 17th year. Given that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV and one in five is unaware of his or her infection, the goal of this annual event is to promote regular testing and early diagnosis.
If you haven’t gotten tested recently, here are three quick ways to locate a testing center near you:
Scared to take the test? It’s perfectly understandable. But there are good reasons to do it. If you test negative, you can be certain of your status. If you test positive, you can begin receiving specialized care and treatment to help you stay healthy. You can also look to the 3,000+ patients in PatientsLikeMe’s HIV community for information and support.
More than 30 years after the discovery of AIDS, things are very different. Thanks to advances in treatment, you can live a long, productive life with HIV, just like basketball legend Magic Johnson, who is now 20 years post-diagnosis and recently narrated an ESPN documentary about his experience entitled “The Announcement.”
So don’t put it off – get tested today.
The buzz about PatientsLikeMe is growing! In August, Business 2.0 magazine and CNN.com recognized PatientsLikeMe as one of 15 companies that will change the world. To be selected, a company must have “the potential to rewrite the rules of existing industries or open up entirely new markets.”
We couldn’t agree with this assessment more; after all, we began with that exact mission. But what’s amazing is that we’re already starting to achieve it. Thanks to the participation of thousands of patients like you, we’re well on our way to creating “a fast bypass around restrictive privacy rules that tie scientists in red tape.”
As part of the implementation of this sweeping objective, we’re pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our HIV community, which we feel is an important addition to our coverage of life-changing diseases. If you know anyone affected by HIV, please send them an invitation to join PatientsLikeMe.